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Samuel Adams Pale Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of standard brown bottle this beer was a light orange color with good clarity. The head was slightly yellow in tint, a little more than a finger thick and displayed decent retention and good lacing. The aroma was a blend of slightly musty malt, pale malt and light, floral hops. The flavors were dry and bitter, but lacked the malt sweetness to balance it. I tasted some citrus rind and herbal notes at first followed by the dry biscuit-like flavor of the malt. Towards the very end I got a flash of bitter hops, but it was very subtle and short lived. The body was med/full, the carbonation good and the acidity high. Nothing much to speak of.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

($1.29 - 12oz. single at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a light, pale copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma with some caramel and with a faint nutty, buttery character.

Taste: Manages a delicate balance between sweetness and bitterness, aided by the fact that neither side is overwhelming. Dry, biscuity flavor with a brief caramel sweetness. Hops remain light and indistinct, but provide enough bitterness to counter the light, sweet malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: After the previous gut-wrenching gluten-free "beer" I just punished myself with, this beer tastes like a beautiful dream!

Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 11/2010) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with orange notes. Lots of carbonation coming up through the beer to end in a dense 1/8" thick white head. Tendrils of lacing here and there along with some thick chunks and walls of lacing on other parts of the glass.

Smell: Hints of yeast and biscuit-like malt....like inhaling from a bag of flour with some hoppy notes at the end. I'm having to take a deep inhale to even get this though - it's not very strong. As it warms up some of these smells go away and some apple-like smells dominate, but it's still faint.

Taste: An even balance between English bitter hops and malt sweetness with some cider-like notes at the end. The cider-notes become a bit of an aftertaste after awhile - but not in a bad way. It's okay.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, but not so excessively carbonated that it feels like your tongue is scrubbed clean, but it does cleanse the palate. Thicker than water, but goes down slick and easy.

Drinkability: Went fine with a meal (Vegetarian chili and cornbread) and I could see myself drinking it alone. It's way too carbonated to be a true cask English pale ale, but despite this it hits a lot of the flavor notes well and it's an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Poser
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams brings another great brew -- pours a good golden color with a nice head. Smells woodsy but very crisp. Taste is good on the hops with a little sediment.

Overall, a very solid pale ale. I think this one may be a little under-rated because Jim Kock does commercials now. This one is always a safe bet and is available in most areas that generally specialize in the BMC crowd.

Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Apricot orange with a creamy two finger white head. Retention is good and a big pillow stays atop the ale. A sufficient coat of lace on the glass.

S- Pretty hop forward. Tropical citrus, floral and earthy. Some light biscuit caramel malt as well. Overall the strength could be better.

T- Starts out with a lot of floral notes and caramel malt. Finishes with a big citrus zest note balanced by a nice bready malt profile. A little buttery hint.

MF- Light, highly carbonated body. A bit creamy, on par in what you would expect in the style. Some bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

DB- Nice malt and hop flavors and certainly refreshing. Sam Adams makes a lot of solid beers with nice flavors. Maybe just a tad too hoppy and bitter for the substance of this one.

Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed May 29th, 2010.

Very clear golden hue with a very fine white foam head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma affects a citrus and floral hop character.

Palate notes - strong biscuity caramel malt that lingers long after the mildly bitter finish after the swallow. A little more hop bite would be welcome to cut that. And then there is the tell-tale house note of almost all Samuel Adams beer - the light dish soap character.

Dry, slightly prickly on tongue.

Not my favorite example of the style, but quite drinkable.

Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Poured a nice amber body with a small, white head with decent retention. About halfway through the beer, reduces to a nice lacing that holds until the finish.

S: A sweet, malty small that seemed a little like caramel, but slightly less sweeter.

T: Same sweet malty taste that was very pleasant on the palate. A slightly bitter aftertaste to balance the initial sweet taste.

M: Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation, but a solid feel.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. Nice malt to hops balance. definitely a good brew. Seemed more like an English Pale Ale than an APA with the initial taste of malts, but the bitter aftertaste brings the American out of it.

Photo of Liquids
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healthy pale copper color with a full creamy white head that holds a bit in the tulip glass. Aroma is very pils-like, noble aroma, spice and rind, but not frighteningly hoppy in intensity. Taste is solid, toasty malts, hoppy up front, not too much caramel dominating, and malt hop balanced...the malts are the body, and the hops ride it. I must say the hop flavors seem out of place for some reason...they come across as strong but a bit out of whack with the malt somehow. The yeast seems to be adding little to no character that I can tell. mouthfeel is full and on par, overall this is a likable beer, one I'd grab on tap, but not one I'll stock or buy again. I think there are better out there..albeit it in a tough style to nail with a trademark flavor. And I guess I'd just rather drink the boston lager if I'm gonna have a Sam, comparatively.

Photo of NOOGIE
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured 12 oz bottle into mug, two fingers of foam which linger with the drink. Tainted yellowish-brown color.

Smell: Hoppy, various different hop smells. Also roasted malts.

Taste: Just like the smell, hoppy and malty. Also clean water. Also has a light citrus flavor with it.

Mouthfeel: Dry, which is a good thing for this beer. The hops linger in your mouth the longest.

Drinkability: Great, smooth drink no bad aftertaste.

Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before March 2011 poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear rich golden with a thick off white head.

Taste is slightly floral, metallic, lightly sweet and lemony.

Taste is nice balance between mellow floral hops and biscuity malts. Nice.

Mouthfeel is very good and this is a very drinkable beer.

A nice beer, wish it was available year round.

Photo of Tballz420
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, golden bodied. Medium sized white head, dissipated but still leaves a trail. Sweet malt and nice floral hops on the nose. Basically the same thing for the taste: sweet malts well blended with a nice floral hop background. Somewhat acidic, thin to medium mouth. One of those beers you could drink all night long

Photo of ajmoody76
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought this one at the local beer store. big sale on sammy. 6 twelve ounce bottles. poured it into a pint glass. golden with some haze. thin white head that thins out and leaves a fine layer all the way down. looks good.

buttery and sweet. floral hop boquet. maybe some diacetyl. no off odors. i like it.

earthy. english version. good crispness. caramel malts come through. balanced well. dry aftertaste. nice.

medium bodied. good carbonation all the way down. no lace. good session beer. i like this beer. i would drink it again if on sale again. good british style pale.

Photo of letsgopens
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This selection pours a mostly translucent golden orange amber. The tight pearl white head holds well and leaves some lace.

Surprisingly the aroma is fairly prominent and very enjoyable. Sweet, slightly malty yeast, citrus: lemon/orange, honey, and a bit of grainy hops.

The flavor profile is also surprisingly impressive albeit mild. Again, moderately sweet with some malt and a distinct creaminess. Honey and vanilla, citrus, and a nice round out with some hops and a hint of spice.

Light and clean on the palate but smoother throughout then expected. Well balanced. A very pleasant surprise being that I was not expecting much. Still however, I can't help but feel like the flavors were somewhat geared toward the mass' taste in bland beers which would explain its very mild approach. Still a quality pale ale.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: SA Pale Ale pours a healthy golden-yellow color with a bright-white colored head that's very firm and frothy. It falls slowly and leaves a few splashes of lace on the glass, yet retains well. Good looker.

S: Flowery hop presence with a light golden fruit aroma. Some faint biscuit-like and grainy malt smells, as well. Par for the course for an English pale.

T&M: Very average flavor. A slightly herbal and floral hop flavor balances with a dry and slightly sweet pale malt backbone. Light fruit esters come in on the finish with a light black tea flavor (or should I say flavour). Well balanced and crisp on the palate, with a zesty carbonation level.

D: A very enjoyable English style pale. It's not really up to the supreme standard of Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale or Fuller's London Pride, but a nice effort nonetheless. Glad I have another bottle in my "Summer Styles" mixed pack.

Photo of aval89
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with about a 1 finger head.. Didn't really last too long.. Not much carbonation going on..

Smell: at first I picked up lightly roasted malts... Kind of sweet.. Little bit of spice in there... Maybe cloves? Ginger? Just a tad bit of hop aroma.. Also some caramel in there.. Also some pear..

Taste: kind of nutty at first.. Sweet malts come into play with hints of caramel.. Finishes a bit hoppy with a dry finish.. I'm getting some fruity flavors.. Maybe apricot? Yes.. Finishes with an apricot/ hop finish..

Mouthfeel is pretty light, not much carbonation..

Easy drinking brew..

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, best before October.

A: Not too interesting to look at. Pours a clear and light orange brown with a cream colored and bubbly one inch head the fades into a cap with some decent lacing. The color is a little light for my taste.

S: Smell is a bit skunky which seems sort of off to me as I was expecting a floral hop punch. Instead there are hints of apple and a loose bready scent, but again is dissapointing and does not have me licking my lips like most other APAs I've tried.

T/MF: Lots of apples up front and boy do I means lots, it is almost like bitting into a sour apple wrapped in bread. That being said this brew is a bit more on the malty side of the APA spectrum. Hop bitterness attacks the center of the tongue but the malts kick in after the bitter apple and gives a nice taste of buttered bread and finishes rather slick and sticky.

D: This is sort of a suprising beer, when I saw pale ale on the label I figured this one was going to be like all the other APAs out there (big hop hammer with bitter grapefruit and citrus) but this one seems to fit more into the English Pale Ale category as it relies more on the nutty malt character instead of the fruity hops. Nice offering and a sort of nice suprise but I've had better.

Photo of supercolter
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent enough pale ale. Where I am from its all about Summit but this had a strong showing.
Appearance was above average, with a small head that hung around for a little while.
Smell and taste were simiar with a bit more malt backbone than I am used to. The hops weren't as impressive to me.
Mouthfeel and driniability are decent and on par for the style.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a clear golden yellow with a thin white head

S - Faint aroma of citrusy hops, not much else

T - A faint grainy taste with hops in the finish. The hop bitterness builds up as you go along.

M - good mouthfeel

D - A little underwhelming, but not undrinkable.

Photo of goblue3509
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a yellow color to it. Aroma is inline with other pale ale's. The taste is slightly more complex than other pale ale's. The taste is clean and but not too dry. It is sweet while not being overly bitter. Sweeter than more pale ale's. Very drinkable. More malty than bitter so it is easy to drink.

Photo of ujsplace
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale orange yellow with a nice, fluffy white head and decent residual lacing.

S: Sweet malt, yeasty with mildly citrus hops.

T: Nice balance of malt and hops. Mild caramel malt up front, and the hops pull up the end and leaves a mild hopped finish. Somewhat muted character, I think it may be a bit milder than I would have expected.

M: Light and thin, a good summer beer. Nicely carbonated and smooth

D: This is definitely an easy drinking beer that would please even casual beer drinkers.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: slightly cloudy amber, decent head
S: sweet syrupy smell
T: initial taste slightly bitter with hints of grass in the flavor; not sweet; the spicing is on the pungent side; a touch of tinny aftertaste; overall the flavor is a creative interpretation of a pale ale flavor, but tempered to reach a wide clientele

Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light copper color with a large, white head. This beer looks just about perfect.

It smells of hops and a little bit of fruit.

The taste is crisp, with a decent amount of malt flavor and hop bitterness. It's a little light and watery for me, though.

Overall, this is a decent APA. I wish it had just a bit more substance to it.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance with good creamy head, retains to a thin layer nicely, and leaves plenty of lace. Honey-golden color is a joy to look at as well.

Nose is on the lighter side with some light herbal notes and citrus.

Clean and mellow flavors on the palate with soft malt, gently grassy & herbal hops, and a little citrus hop zing near the end. Finishes somewhat clean. Easy drinking.

Photo of grmarcil
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw color, orangy against light. Pours with a small white head.

Scent is mostly malt - a little weak - with a hint of peach on the nose.

Taste is a good mix of malt and moderate hoppy bitterness. Not too heavy, nice carbonated fresh mouthfeel.

Photo of berserker256
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. Nice dark gold with thick head that sticks to the side of the glass throughout the whole beer. There's a sour hoppy note in the aroma. Sweet malt detected as well. Flavor directly reflects the aroma. There's a lingering slightly unpleasant aftertaste that makes me give it a 3.5 instead of a 4 for taste. Good pale ale. Not my favorite style but this is a good one if that's your thing.

Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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